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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

ejtttje Re:hard to watch (948 comments)

I hope you find some peace, that sounds like a really shitty start to life. It shouldn't have been like that.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

ejtttje Re:hard to watch (948 comments)

Parents should be supportive of their offspring. Sure there's no legal requirement, and sure sometimes kids need a little push to get out of the nest, but I doubt that is the case here. My parents would still pitch in if I was having trouble, and I am grateful for that support. In any case, she has a job (she had previously posted pics on reddit from working at EBGames (or some such) over Halloween), so I'm not sure why you assume she "refuses to take care of herself."

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

ejtttje hard to watch (948 comments)

The video is hard to watch. For reference, the daughter was participating in the comment thread on reddit (username shoeofallcosmos).

Judge Adams issued a statement asserting that his daughter released the tape to retaliate against him for withdrawing his financial support.

Oh, so he abuses his children and then also doesn't support them financially, sounds like a real winner!

more than 2 years ago
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Minor Quakes In the UK Likely Caused By Fracking

ejtttje Re:Groundwater (318 comments)

Some people actually have ethics rather than only protecting their own selfish interests.

more than 2 years ago
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Highly Efficient Oxygen Catalyst Found

ejtttje Re:Hydrogen (156 comments)

The troll is strong with this one ;)

more than 2 years ago
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PROTECT IP Renamed To the E-PARASITE Act

ejtttje regulation regardless of neutrality (373 comments)

For all those who argued against net neutrality as promoting "regulation", see how little help that was, they will try to regulate anyway. We might as well get the useful consumer protections against corporate manipulations while they are/were available, otherwise we'll just get stuck with regulation at both gov't and corporate levels.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?

ejtttje Re:I'd rather have a phone with 789 at the top... (393 comments)

Use the search field instead of scrolling through everything. It's fewer keystrokes even if you know the phone number. (unless the phone UI sucks, which is possible) And if you have a few people you call a lot, set up speed-dial, even faster.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?

ejtttje Re:I'd rather have a phone with 789 at the top... (393 comments)

Seriously, I don't even use the telephone number pad when making phone calls, even basic phones have address books built-in.

more than 2 years ago
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How Bug Bounties Are Like Rat Farming

ejtttje Re:Better analogy: imported rats, not farmed (140 comments)

Your observation, that a bug hunt will reveal lots of inconsequential bugs, but the few significant ones make it worthwhile -- well, that's entirely the expected result, surely?

Well, I could make some argument about whether it's generally worthwhile even for a few significant bugs... if they are significant, it's likely they would be found and reported in short order regardless of a bounty. And especially if there's a backlog of bugs, I'd say those should take priority over finding new bugs that haven't actually bothered anyone yet.

The security aspect is different though, because those are bugs that have a motivation to go unreported. And there's the 'papercut' type, where small annoyances go unreported. I'd consider it an good question whether bounties are more effective than simply paying an expert (or several) the same amount up-front to comb through things. The old crowd-source vs. out-source argument I guess.

more than 2 years ago
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How Bug Bounties Are Like Rat Farming

ejtttje Better analogy: imported rats, not farmed (140 comments)

I think the point he's getting at is that a lot of the bugs are not the ones that would trouble users (i.e. they only appear "in the lab"). So although it's still good to fix them, they are low priority.

The farming analogy is bad because it implies people are creating these bugs just to turn them in, which as everyone is pointing out, doesn't make sense and would reflect poorly on the buggy developer, so it would be self-limiting. Instead, I propose he should have said "imported" rats instead of "farmed" rats: instead of killing the rats in the city (the "high priority" ones), people are going out into the country and killing rats that weren't really bothering anyone. Eventually they or their descendants might make it to the city and cause a problem, so we're certainly not sad to see them go (environmental concerns breaking the analogy here :)), but the point is those rats/bugs aren't really the ones we care about.

I could have sworn there was an article/blog post a little while back with statistics from a bug bounty program where most of the bugs were relatively trivial (found by automated methods, style consistency, etc.) or else quite obscure, with only a couple 'interesting' ones. But all I can find is this slashdot article, which I don't think is the one I'm thinking of. But I remember the author's summary was also that he still appreciated the peace-of-mind that others had looked through his code and that was all they had come up with, so still a net positive.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

ejtttje Re:Netgear WNDR-3700 (398 comments)

I realize it sounds like a dumb slashdot topic, but given my experience with the number of crap wifi access points out there, I can understand the need to get community assessment. I went through several b/g routers (netgear, dlink) which were constantly dropping connections (the netgear one was actually sensitive to certain bit patterns, e.g. a particular CVS checkout would consistently kill the router at the same place in the transfer each time. WTF.), so now I'm wary of upgrading to the N series until I hear of a suitable successor to the venerable WRT54GL.

more than 2 years ago
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USPTO Issues 8,000,000th Patent

ejtttje I'm proud to say... (108 comments)

My grandpa got several patents in the 1940's, back when a patent actually meant something other than a method and system for trolls to screw over real innovators :-P FU USPO

more than 2 years ago
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Saudi Arabia Constructing World's Tallest Building

ejtttje Waste of money (225 comments)

Building a non-oil-based economy would require social and educational development, which in turn requires leadership, or in other words, insight and hard work by the ruling elites.

However building the tallest phallic symbol just requires throwing money at immigrant workers, and in the long run will accomplish nothing much except an impressive symbol of wasted wealth. But it leaves more playtime for the rulers, and a clear sense of accomplishment ("look at that!")... as opposed to actually empowering their people, which would probably be counter-productive to the rulers anyway, diluting their grip on the region.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Apple's Lion Roar For Business?

ejtttje Re:True story (340 comments)

traffic was pegged and he couldn't access the Internet

meaning his own torrent download speed dropped since he had to share the link for a while :-P

about 3 years ago
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Fond Memories of Nerd Camp

ejtttje CTY and PA Gov's School (116 comments)

CTY in particular was life changing (F&M FTW!), I am so glad for that experience and the people I met there. Pennsylvania's Governor's School for the Sciences was also very well done, but I'll point out that PA has since cancelled its program because the state politicians are shortsighted idiots. Not that there's any other kind...

about 3 years ago
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Firefox Is Going 64-Bit: What You Need To Know

ejtttje Re:Please provide native support of PDF for OS X. (364 comments)

Why would you want to launch a whole 'nother application, especially on a platform where PDF is built-in to the OS and can be displayed much faster than launching bloatware like Adobe Reader. Maybe you like Reader or want to disable PDF altogether for security, but I agree it would be nice to have an inline option, this a major reason I use Safari (browse research papers online, with *drumroll* the browser!)

about 3 years ago
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Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

ejtttje Re:Not fear - disgust (1017 comments)

What difference does it make that they 'only' use the back of the hand on the erogenous areas? Why should we give a flying fart if it's the front or the back?

How about if TSA 'only' sticks one finger up your ass to check for items, as opposed to using two if they thought you had an evil eye? The point is they should be using ZERO. It's a straightforward violation of unreasonable search and seizure and as well as freedom of movement.

about 3 years ago
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Mediacom Using DPI To Hijack Searches, 404 Errors

ejtttje Re:Get another ISP! (379 comments)

Good luck finding one in your local monopoly. (missed that part?) Even in my major metro area, the next best choice is an also-ran DSL service from Verizon at a fraction of the speed for almost as much money.

This is why we should just give up this free-market farce and regulate the ISPs as utilities, with standards on purity (e.g. not modifying traffic) and equity (not censoring traffic from conglomerate competitors). AKA net neutrality.

more than 3 years ago

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